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Curriculum Overview

The school provides a continuous education for pupils between the ages of 3 to 13 and in the main prepares children for the CEE at 13+ and a range of scholarship exams and awards.

The school also ensures that pupils are properly prepared for transfer to other schools when the need arises, for example by CEE entry at 11+ or through other school pre-assessment or transition procedures. The curriculum we offer is broadly based, creative and engaging and aims to provide a quality educational experience for all the pupils in our care

Nursery and Pre-Prep - The Early Years Foundation Stage

Children in our Nursery and Reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and enjoy a broad range of activities which allow them to have fun, but also to acquire essential language, mathematical and reading skills. The Creative, cross curricular Curriculum starts the children’s learning journey in Nursery and this is enhanced by specialist involvement in the delivery of PE and Movement, Music and French which is introduced in Reception.

Years 1 and 2

We currently operate two Year 1 classes and two Year 2 classes. Children are allocated to a class teacher, with whom they start every day. All children enjoy a full and exciting Creative Curriculum including the core numeracy and literacy lessons and continue to be stimulated by off site visits and curriculum days which enhance their cross curricular learning in History and Geography and Science (referred to as Topic). RS and PSHCE support the children’s spiritual development and specialist teaching is extended to include Swimming.

Upper School

Year 3

Children in Year 3 are currently placed in three tutor groups, based in The Seligman building, where most of the curriculum is delivered by the Year 3 class teachers. In addition to English and Maths a broad range of subjects are included in the cross curricular, Creative Curriculum including Science, Environmental Studies, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, Drama, and Music. RS and PSHCE are also taught in tutor groups by their tutor or specialist teacher. Swimming, Music, PE, Games, ICT and French are all taught by specialists. Children sometimes begin to be taught a musical instrument at this stage. Tables, spellings and reading work are still encouraged at home and or weekends to support work in school. There are designated reading slots in school time.

Year 4

Still based in the Seligman Building, and taught by the Year 4 teachers and specialist staff. Year 4 children do experience the longer day, if parents choose this, with a 6.30pm finish. The ‘Learn to Lead’ programme begins as a popular activity. Year 4 children begin to get a real flavour of Upper School life as they move to the specialist teaching areas and enjoy a wider activities programme. Tables and Spellings will be brought home by day pupils so that children can prepare for weekly tests. Children have set reading and learning times in school.

Year 5

At this level the children all have their own tutor, and much of the teaching is delivered by specialists. This development requires greater independence and organisation and, with plenty of assistance from tutors, the children quickly adapt to this more mature school experience. Children are now in sets for the core curriculum – Maths, English, Science and French plus History and Geography. Mixed ability groups operate in PE, ICT, Art, DT, Drama and RS. PSHCE continues to be taught in tutor groups. The formal day ends at 6.30pm and all prep is completed at school for those who choose to stay until 6.30pm, although some children will still be keen to read at home and brush up on work for tests.

Year 6

The programme at this level is similar in structure to Year 5. Latin is introduced to the curriculum and so, too, is Key Skills – an alternative and invaluable programme focussing on additional English, Maths, Science and French for those who would benefit from it.

Year 7

Year 7 begins the final two year course to Common Entrance and scholarship. We try to be as inclusive as we can be at this stage. Some children, particularly those aiming at a scholarship, will begin Greek. In the final two years children follow a Religious, Moral and Ethical programme, delivered by senior staff and visiting speakers.

Year 8

Scholarship exams take place between January and May of Year 8, depending on the particular school. Common Entrance is timed for the first week in June. Specific programmes are built where necessary, but the majority of children have similar schedules aiming at CE in June. It is a demanding year for the pupils and we ensure that the exam preparation, along with interview practice, pre-tests, and non-academic scholarship attempts (Music, Art and All-rounder awards, for example) are all built into their programmes.

At any stage in their development throughout the school some children can benefit from contact with our Learning Support staff or pursue a range of opportunities available within our enrichment and extra curricular programmes.